By Vivian Emoni
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Monday warned FCT residents to desist from all types of illegal activities in the FCT or face prosecution.
Dr Hassan Abubakar, Director of the Board spoke during a clean-up exercise organised by AEPB at Karimajiji, along Airport Road.
Abubakar said the aim of the exercise was to ensure that the FCT environment looked beautiful, adding that the effort would prevent the spread of diseases.
“I am advising the public to desist from this illegal act but if they refuse to abide by our instructions, we will get them arrested and prosecute them, we have informed them earlier.
“We have also informed the leadership of the area and they gave us permission to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in such act.
“My advice to the residents is that when you follow the rules, you will have rest of mind, once the law is obeyed, you will not have issues with anybody.
“If you do not want to obey our rules and regulations you will not rest and AEPB will not rest because we cannot sit and watch you engage in illegal activities. We are out, we must make sure that we stop all illegal activities.
“All the open defecation they are practising around here, we are ready to arrest and prosecute anyone caught.
“Our monitoring team will always visit the area. We want to make sure that this place remains clean and neat,’’ he explained.
Abubakar said that the board was under administrate directive to stop all environmentally harmful practices in the area.
“We are determined; we must not allow those people to engage in illegal trading. All the mechanics, hawkers and other illegal activities must stop.
“This is Airport Road, this area need to be clean and look very nice so that when our visitors come around from other states or country, they will know that the FCT environment is clean and healthy,” he said.
The director urged the residents to support the government so as to ensure that the FCT environment was kept clean and attractive. (NAN)